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Mental health work is a large field and there are many kinds of professionals to explore! Not sure who to reach out to? Read through the explanations below and see what best matches up with your needs.

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Couple & Family Therapist


Couple and family therapists practice a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.

All couple and family therapists are part of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and Couple and Family Therapists, and if practicing psychotherapy, have a permit to do so under the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. Without the permit, they may practice couple and family intervention, but cannot use the reserved title of psychotherapy. To verify a practitioner's registration, use their permit number found on their personal page.

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Social Worker


Social workers are concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being.

It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment, and domestic violence.

All social workers are part of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and Couple and Family Therapists. To verify a practitioner’s registration, use their permit number found on their personal page.

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Sexologist


Sex therapists help identify, understand and interpret all aspects of sexuality. They listen and seek to clarify people’s needs and expectations, and help find ways to meet them that are fulfilling and in line with individuality and dignity, as well as personal and social responsibility. Sex therapists engage in the design, actualization, consultation, analysis and assessment of human sexuality. They determine and implement sexology plans for educational, preventive and counseling purposes aimed at the improvement, maintenance and restoration of sexual health. All sexologists are part of the Quebec Order of Sexologists. To verify a practitioner’s registration, use their permit number found on their personal page. Search for a Sexologist




Psychologist


A psychologist studies how we think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint and applies this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their behavior.

All psychologists are part of the Quebec Order of Psychologists and have a permit to practice psychotherapy. To verify a practitioner’s registration, use their permit number found on their personal page.

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Indigenous Elder and Healer


Traditional healers refer to health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating indigenous healing and wellness while using ceremonies; plant, animal or mineral-based medicines; energetic therapies; or physical/hands on techniques. Search for a Indigenous Elder and Healer




Counsellors


In Quebec, counselling is not a protected term, meaning that it is not strictly tied to one profession. It is an umbrella term that includes all professionals working in a helping capacity, as opposed to psychotherapy which can only be practiced by psychotherapists or psychologists, practicing under the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. Counsellors will often have a certification from a counselling association, like the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Search for a Counsellors





Psychotherapist


Psychotherapy (psychological therapy or talking therapy) is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change behavior and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual's well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social skills. Psychotherapists have a permit from the order of psychologists to practice psychotherapy. To verify a practitioner’s registration, use their permit number found on their personal page. Search for a Psychotherapist




Creative Art Therapist


Therapeutic approaches such as art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy and movement therapy practiced by licensed professionals that use art and creativity as a means to support a balanced mental health. Search for a Creative Art Therapist




Psychoeducator


Psychoeducators provide evaluation, counselling, preventive action and preventive rehabilitation to people who have psychosocial adjustment difficulty in order to promote their independence and to resolve or prevent conflict. To achieve this, psychoeducators assess needs and establish plans and strategies, in addition to organizing and facilitating activities. They are committed to creating a climate of trust and to consider the strengths, limitations and vulnerabilities of people in order to provide assistance that promotes both social integration and learning new skills and behaviors. All psychoeducators are part of the Order of Psychoeducators of Quebec. To verify a practitioner’s registration, use their permit number found on their personal page. Search for a Psychoeducator




Other Mental Health Professional


Find practitioners doing other mental health work including bodywork and movement therapies. Search for Other Mental Professionals




Traditional Therapies


Find practitioners providing traditional therapies and spiritual support. Search for Traditional Therapies Practitioner